King Seeley Thermos Road Runner lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Road Runner lunchbox is a vintage collectible lunchbox based on the Warner Brothers cartoon characters Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are two of Warner Brothers’ most enduring cartoon characters. They made their debut together in the cartoon ‘Fast and Furry-ous’ in September 1949, and continue to appear in new shows to this day.]
They have both appeared in several cartoons featuring other Warner Brothers characters such as Bugs Bunny, daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd, and their seemingly eternal struggle has been parodied numerous times in other television shows, feature films and comic books.
The pair also appeared in their own Saturday morning cartoon show ‘The Road Runner Show’ from 1966 until 1968, when it merged with another series to become ‘The Bugs Bunny and Road Runner Show’ which aired until 1985. It was during this time a lunchbox featuring the characters was produced by King Seeley Thermos.
The King Seeley Thermos Road Runner lunchbox
The box has a purple border and a yellow handle, although some boxes are known to have lighter heather-coloured borders.
The front of the box features Wile E. Coyote attempting to crush the approaching Road Runner with a large pile of rocks, held in place by a stick attached to a length of string. The reverse of the box shows Coyote crushed beneath the rocks with stars circling his head, as the Road Runner escapes past him unharmed.
Each of the sides of the box, including the top and bottom, feature short four-panel comic strips depicting Coyote failing to catch the Road Runner in a number of ways. The side panels show Coyote lighting a rocket attached to his back, which slams him past the Road Runner and into a rock face, and the Road Runner escaping Coyote from inside a bottomless cooking pot.
The bottom of the box shows Coyote once again being crushed beneath a large boulder, whilst the bottom shows the Road Runner escaping through a hole painted on the side of a cliff, whilst Coyote smashes his face into it.
The original thermos flask which came with the lunchbox features the same artwork as the front of the box.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Road Runner lunchbox worth?
Boxes without their thermos flasks regularly sell on auction sites such as eBay for between $30 and $80, depending on their condition. Top condition boxes complete with their flasks have sold for more than $100, and flasks can sell individually for up to around $40 in good condition.